Posted: Friday, August 3, 2018. 1:05 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: In taking office today of the Pro Tempore Presidency (PTP) of the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) (the environmental branch of the Central American Integration System (SICA)), the Belize Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Omar Figueroa, together with his counterparts from Central America and Dominican Republic announced a bolstering of actions to decrease the effects of climate change in the region.
According to a release from the Government of Belize Press Office, the announcement was made in the context of the 61st Regular Session of the Council of Ministers of this regional body, with the attendance of Environmental Ministers and Vice Ministers from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Dominican Republic.
Below are details of the priorities of the PTP-CCAD/Belize for the second semester of 2018:
Omar Figueroa, the Pro-Tempore President of the Central American Commission on Environment and Development, noted that “Central America and the Dominican Republic is a tropical region vulnerable to the effects of climate change.”
He further added that the region is experiencing a historical challenge derived from climate variability, the bad distribution of rainfall, and drought.
The Minister also indicated that the “critical importance of this project is to provide an urgent solution to adapt to climate change, increase sustainable development in the region and reduce emigration.”
The signing of the agreement between the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and UN Environment was also carried out within the framework of the CCAD Ministerial meeting, in order for UN Environment to prepare the project proposal for CCAD.
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